About Soapbox

Founded in 2008, Soapbox Cincinnati is a digital news magazine focused on dynamic communities, businesses, and people of the Cincinnati region. We cover what's next in entrepreneurship and creative culture in and around Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Soapbox provides high-quality, long-form journalism fostering civic engagement through storytelling and solutions journalism reporting about diverse talent and people-led initiatives transforming community and economic development.

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Meet the Soapbox team                                 

Patrice Watson, publisher | managing editor

Patrice began consulting at Raise Your Share in 2010 to assist businesses and nonprofits with digital and social media. Her career includes a decade at Cincinnati Magazine as publisher; account management for iHeart Media's 700WLW; audience development for radio and television, and radio station general sales management. The immediacy of radio plus publishing’s ability to detail stories combined into Soapbox Cincinnati's online narrative style and solutions journalism reporting is her serendipitous merger of traditional and digital media. She joined Issue Media Group in early 2016 as publisher. 

Soapbox Cincinnati contributors:

Jan Angilella, Steve Aust, Jessica BozsanMiyah Byrd, Eliza Bobonick, Julie Carpenter, Amy Briana Counts, Nancy Daly, David Holthaus, Chuck Keller, Liz McEwan, Margaret A. McGurk, Julie Mullins, Tina NeyerAlex Ralph, Kareem A. Simpson, Connie Springer, and Brittany York.

Photography and Videography contributors:
Fourthwall Youth StudiosNatalie Grilli, Gary Kessler, and Joe Simon

Social media:
Miyah Byrd

Soapbox Cincinnati is published by Issue Media Group. Incorporated in 2005 in Detroit, Michigan, IMG operates a national network of online media outlets leveraging the power of solutions-based journalism to report on community change. Our publications aim to connect readers to their communities’ most visionary and innovative people, projects, businesses, and organizations – fostering civic capacity, improving understanding of key issues, amplifying underserved voices, and building community attachment during a time of local media decline.
We work with like-minded stakeholders across public, private, nonprofit, and grassroots organizations whose values and missions align with ours through an underwriting model of publishing.  Our journalists connect with community stakeholders through regular listening sessions designed to build trust and shape authentic community stories.
IMG's work has been recognized and supported by leading journalism organizations nationally including INC Magazine, Knight Foundation, Columbia Journalism Review, Facebook, Lenfest Institute, Google, Solutions Journalism Network, Ground Source, and Society for Professional Journalists.

Learn more about IMG's underwriting policy and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.